London's Abbey Road Crossing

Follow in the Beatles' Footsteps

Abbey Road Crossing
••• Abbey Road Crossing. © Richard Boll / Getty Images

Recreate an iconic London moment by crossing Abbey Road using the zebra crossing made famous by the Beatles. It's now the most famous road crossing in the world. 

The album cover was shot in 1969 when the band was recording at the nearby Abbey Road Studios. 

There was a rumor that the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, seen on the famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover, was no longer in the same place and this rumor was perpetuated by a statement from Westminster Council saying the crossing had been moved several meters for a traffic management scheme about 30 years ago.

A kind reader spoke to an employee at Abbey Road Studios who explained this story was put out by old time residents to stop so many people going to take photographs. Well, it didn't work and it isn't true, although Westminster Council hasn't retracted the statement.

This article offers some excellent comparison photos of the album photo shoot and more recent photos of the crossings and I think you'll agree it is in the same place.

The crossing is now Grade 2 listed, which means it's protected by English Heritage. The wall on the nearby Abbey Road Studios has to be repainted every two months because of all the graffiti.

While you can't tour Abbey Road Studios you can get an idea about what goes on inside by checking out this Google Street View site. 

Nearest Tube Station: St John's Wood.

There is a permanent webcam that broadcasts footage from the crossing. You can see this and many others on the London Webcams list.